Top 10 Things To Do in Bali


Bali may be overrun with tourists for many years, but it still if for many reasons. Not only does is there many must visit places in Bali, there are also many things to do in Bali.

Travelers here would not be bored and will definitely find something to do that will suit them. Be it from just partying at the beach and drinking the night away, to culture, arts, and history or from adventures to relaxing with spa and yoga, Bali does have a lot of things to do.

With so many to choose from, here are some of the recommended things to do in Bali for you to start with:

Interact with locals
One of the best things in independent travel is that you have the ample time to truly connect and interact with the locals. Eat at the local warung, chat up with the owner, take a local public transport and talk to people around you, ask for direction, ask for ideas, talk to the people you meet on the streets and just join in some of the fun stuff they are doing. With this, you can learn the Balinese way of life and the how friendly and hospitable the people can be. Or join a tour with a local guide * where you can get more immersion with the locals.

People of Bali, Indonesia, Indonesia

People of Bali, Indonesia

Join a festival like Bali Arts Festival
The Balinese knows their arts well and they celebrate in style. Bali Arts Festival is an annual event, normally held from June to July. This is a well known event throughout the world where travelers from all over the world travel to Bali to catch this festival of a full month of daily cultural performances, handicraft exhibitions and many more arts related activities.

Opening Ceremony of Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia

Opening Ceremony of Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia

Splurge and have a cocktail in Ayana Bar on Rocks
Ayana bar on rocks is known as the best bar in bar with long line of people daily trying to get in and have a drink on this bar that is perched on a cliff overlooking the sea and waves crashing the rocks below. Get a cocktail here, which is surprisingly good, and drink your night away staring at the roaring sea that seem to stretched into infinity with white waves crashing in like a spectacular natural show.

Bar on rocks @ Ayana, Bali

Bar on rocks @ Ayana, Bali

Learn to surf on Kuta Beach
If there is one place on earth you want to learn to surf, Bali may be one of the good choices. Kuta beach have the waves breaking over sand rather than corals, making it a haven for beginner surfers. There are many good surf schools here so you are not short of choice, with famous ones like Odyssey or Rip Curl SchooL of Surf, else you can always hire a local guide for a cheaper alternative. After the surf, relax and unwind with drinks and sunset at Ku De Ta.

Learn to surf at Kuta Beach, Bali

Learn to surf at Kuta Beach, Bali

Climb Mount Batur at Kintamani
If the surfs have not broken your bones yet, you may want to try yet another adventure in Bali. Climb the famous Mount Batur *, a volcanic mountain that rises over a lake which beautifully mirrors it. It is best to be conquered in the morning, where there are hikers starting their ascent as early at 4am to reach in time to catch the sunrise at 6am. It may be cold so remember to bring a jacket and always remember to be careful as it is an active volcano and there are accidents that happened on this mountain before. This is not a physically demanding hike, unlike its cousin Mount Rinjani on nearby Lombok Island which takes several days, Mount Batur which stands at 1,700m can be done in just a morning.

Hike Mount Batur @ Kintamani, Bali

Hike Mount Batur @ Kintamani, Bali

Watch Kecak Dance * in Puri Dalem Taman Kaja
Kecak dance is one of the traditional dance and musical drama in Bali that is enchanting and favourite among travelers. Kecak dance has 150 performers wearing check cloth around their waist chant the word “cak” while throwing up their arms in the depiction of the battle of Ramayana, with roots of the dance dating back to Sanghyang, a trance-like exorcism dance of the old. The best place to watch it is on the temple grounds of Puri Dalem Taman Kaja, where you will find an authentic atmosphere and setting.

Kecak Dance at Bali, Indonesia, Indonesia

Kecak Dance at Bali, Indonesia

Explore Bali on two wheels

Rice Paddy Fields, Bali

Rice Paddy Fields, Bali

You can find many cycle tours in Bali * now simply because it is such a wonder to explore Bali this way. For those who rather go independent, you may also rent a bicycle and do your own exploring to your heart’s content. Some of the places to explore are the surrounding villages and rice paddy fields, soaking in the arts and culture and the hard working locals. Also, cycle to Monkey Forest to visit the crab-eating macaques and then head on to Goa Gajah, known as one of the holiest places in Bali. Then end your day in the village of Petulu, where you might catch a massive migration of Heron returning to their roost.

White water rafting on Ayung River * at Sayan
Ayung river, right down inside the Ayung gorge, is very scenic for a white water rafting. Imagine yourself rafting through the very heart of Bali, with you riding the wild rapids through rice paddies, people working the fields and children playing. You will feel like as if you are traveling in speed and style through a motion picture of the hidden parts of Bali. There are two well-established operators that you can find on the main road in Sayan, but there are also other new operators which open up in recent years.

Sunset Seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia, Indonesia

Sunset Seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Eat seafood in Jimbaran bay
At Jimbaran Bay, you may walk down along the beach and find it dotted with warungs and candle-lit tables like mushrooms after the rain. Here you can dine on prawns, squids and fishes fresh of the sea onto your table, almost literally. Couple it by feasting over the sun setting over the horizon make this authentic setting much more atmospheric.

Snorkel and Diving at Bali, Indonesia, Indonesia

Snorkel and Diving at Bali, Indonesia

Snorkel or dive the reefs of Bali *
While Bali have so much to offer on land and beaches and mountains, do not forget the marvels of what’s under the sea. Here the sea is full of wild marine life such as manta rays and turtles while surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. For the best snorkeling experience, take a boat out the coastline to Lembongan Island, where the reefs surrounding it are spectacular. Here divers can also experience a 40 m drop off into the wonders of the sea.

Photo credits from top: Robert Tannemaat, Pandu Adnyana, Jeda Villa Bali, Rip Curl School of Surf, ValeriosVeo, Meru Muhammad, rajkumar1220, Kevin Poh and Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten

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Bali Festivals
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Author: Rachel

Fascinated by Indonesia, Rachel hopes to bring the best Indonesia Travel Guide to independent travelers so that they can enjoy what Indonesia has best to offer. Being an independent wanderer herself, Rachel knows what it takes to make a good, fun-filled yet responsible independent traveling. So let’s join her to discover wonderful Indonesia together. Google+

10 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Do in Bali”

  1. Hi Rachel,

    My boyfriend and I are planning to go to Indonesia in for 7 days. Is it possible to cover Bali, Lombok and Flores in just 7 days. Can you advice us where to go and what to do. We are not that much into beaches. We prefer sightseeing, trekking and exploring. Can you advice us. FYI we are budget travelers.


    1. it will be pretty challenging to cover from Bali and Lombok to Flores in just 7 days, you may try but it would be serious traveling. With these days you may cover just Bali and Lombok or if you skip Lombok you can try to fly to Flores.

  2. Hi Rachel,
    my friend nd I are planning to go 2 Bali for 10 days from 27th of Dec to 6th of Jan. I want to ask you about the weather at that time how would be like?
    many thanks,

  3. Hi rachel,
    I have planned my honeymoon in bali in the month of feb somewhere around 12th. Please suggest must to do things and places to stay in bali. Also please share contact details for personal guide during the period.

  4. Hi rachel
    we are going on a trip with a group of 8 and we will be in bali for +- 12 days and we want to do al lot of real adventure are there any more activities you can recomed ? We already like the white water rafting


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